Arsenal out, Monaco in for France World Cup star

Antoine Griezmann

With the impending signing of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal have dropped interest in Antoine Griezmann, but Monaco are stepping in.

The future of Antoine Griezmann was a hot topic way before the World Cup started, after his excellent performances the list of suitors has grown.

With the pending transfer of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal have all but been ruled out of a move for the French international, Liverpool are still rumoured to be interested, but the newest development is the move from French side AS Monaco.

Determined to become a contender in the Champions League and battle with Paris Saint-Germain for the French title, les Monegasques have put the French star at the top of their recruitment drive this summer reports various sources in the French media.

The move also comes with the rumours that Belgian winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco could soon seal a deal with AS Roma.

Any side that wants to sign Griezmann would have to meet Real Sociedad's €30 million release clause, not something that would be a problem for the Russian bankrolled club.

This summer has been a huge contrast from 12 months ago, when the newly promoted side announced the signings of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho early in the summer.

Now they have had to delay the announcement of new boss Leandro Jardim, and new signings are taking time to join the club.

Issues over owner Dmitry Rybolovlev's health remain an issue, plus the divorce that is set to cost him around €3 billion.

The signing of Griezmann would announce Monaco as genuine title contenders and would cast off any doubts around the seriousness of their long-term project. Especially as Griezmann has been a target for PSG for most of the summer.

Monaco could really do with a positive story to get their fans excited for the new season. The future of Falcao looks in doubt, Real Madrid are interested in superstar James Rodriguez. After the excellent season that saw them finish second, if Ligue 1 wants a team to challenge PSG for the title, they need a strong summer from Monaco.

No matter what system Monaco decides to play under new boss Jardim, you can be sure that Griezmann and James would become critical to their success.

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